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Replication data for: The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • de Mel, Suresh
  • McKenzie, David
  • Woodruff, Christopher
Publication Date
2013-04-01
Description
  • Abstract

    A field experiment in Sri Lanka provides informal firms incentives to formalize. Information about the registration process and reimbursement of direct costs does not increase registration. Payments equivalent to one-half to one month (alternatively, two months) of the median firm's profits leads to registration of around one-fifth (alternatively, one-half ) of firms. Land ownership issues are the most common reason for not registering. Follow-up surveys 15 to 31 months later show higher mean profits, but largely in a few firms that grew rapidly. We find little evidence for other changes in behavior, but formalized firms express more trust in the state. (JEL C93, D22, L25, L26, O14)
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.5.2.122 (Text)
Publications
  • Mel, Suresh de, David McKenzie, and Christopher Woodruff. “The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 5, no. 2 (January 2013): 122–50. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.5.2.122.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.5.2.122 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

de Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher (2013): Replication data for: The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113847V1